This last winter I had the greatest opportunity to visit India for several weeks. It was fabulous, exciting, and vivacious.
I had not traveled abroad before, but I felt the need to join this yoga tour. We visited Delhi, Varanasi, Rishikesh, Jaipur and Goa. Studied yoga postures, chanting, singing, and philosophy. We met monkeys, bulls, elephants, camels, and parrots. We rode in rickshaws, danced with kids at the orphanages, dipped into the holy Ganga river, and got to visit ancient palaces.
I was so grateful for this amazing experience and India was very welcoming to us. I felt right at home. Thank you! Namaste.
I only learned one word in the national language when we were there and that was "Dhanyavad" meaning "Thank you." Now I have been back in the US for several months and all I can think about is wanting more. I want more language skills, more experiences with yoga at its source, more music/culture, etc. So here's where the art comes in....
I am currently reading The Ramayana, a retelling of the great Indian epic. Its so captivating. Originally I started reading it because I was inspired by the hero, Hanuman the monkey-man god from Hinduism. Immediately when reading the events in this epic my mind has been filled with colorful illustrations. Here's the first one, its from a story within the greater Epic about how the Ganga river came to be:
Above, Lord Shiva is breaking the fall of the Goddess and river Ganga. She is very strong and previously resided far off in the galaxy, the sun is about to rise and Shiva catches her through his hair. Everyone stands in awe that he is capable of bearing the descent of such a powerful Goddess. With him are his wife and bull, Parvati and Nahndi.
Stay tuned for more updates and illustrations as I further my studies in Yoga, Hinduism, Spirituality, Hindi language, and great Epic literature!